Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus Amended 2011 Original published version updated

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7.2 Key competencies

The Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus provides a context within which to develop general competencies considered essential for the acquisition of effective, higher-order thinking skills necessary for further education, work and everyday life.
Key competencies are embedded in the Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus to enhance student learning. The key competencies of collecting, analysing and organising information and communicating ideas and information reflect core processes of inquiry and reporting which are explicit in the objectives and outcomes of Engineering Studies. The other key competencies are developed through the methodologies of the syllabus and through classroom pedagogy. Students work as individuals and as members of groups to conduct investigations into engineered products and systems and through this, the key competencies planning and organising activities and working with others and in teams are developed. When students solve problems related to engineering and analyse data they become competent in using mathematical ideas and techniques. When students analyse, synthesise and report on engineered products and systems they will be involved in a specific study and application of a range of technologies and they will develop competency in using technology. Finally, the exploration of issues and investigation of the nature of engineered products and systems contributes towards the students’ development of the key competency solving problems.

8 Content: Engineering Studies Preliminary course

Engineering application module 1: Engineering fundamentals

30 hours indicative time

This module develops an understanding of the basic principles associated with engineering. Examples can be used to explain these principles without this knowledge being applied to a specific component, product or system.
A student:

P1.2 explains the relationship between properties, structure, uses and applications of materials in engineering

P2.1 describes the types of materials, components and processes and explains their implications for engineering development

P3.1 uses mathematical, scientific and graphical methods to solve problems of engineering practice

P3.3 applies graphics as a communication tool

P4.1 describes developments in technology and their impact on engineering products

P4.2 describes the influence of technological change on engineering and its effect on people

P4.3 identifies the social, environmental and cultural implications of technological change in engineering.

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

Areas of engineering practice

nature and range of the work of engineers

identify areas of engineering

Historical and societal influences

historical developments of engineering

effect of engineering innovation on people’s lives

outline historical uses and appropriateness of materials in the design and production of engineering projects

demonstrate an understanding of the historical developments of engineering

Engineering mechanics

mass and force

scalar and vector quantities

simple machines

levers, inclined plane, screws, wheel and axle, pulley systems and gears

use mathematical and graphical methods to solve problems in engineering

examine the function of simple machines

Engineering materials

classification of materials

properties of materials

physical and mechanical properties

classify a variety of materials

identify the properties of materials and explain the reason for their selection

structure of materials

atomic structure


crystalline and non-crystalline structure

describe the structure and bonding of materials


ferrous metals including mild steels

non-ferrous metals including copper, brass, bronze and aluminium

distinguish between and explain reasons for the use of ferrous and non-ferrous metals as components in engineering

basic forming processes suitable for materials







describe the suitability of basic forming processes used on materials


thermo softening


distinguish between thermo softening polymers and thermosetting polymers


common types used

forming and shaping

identify the types of engineering ceramics

identify forming and shaping methods




outline the properties and uses of composites in engineering


freehand sketching in three-dimensional and third angle orthogonal projection

identify third angle orthogonal projection

draw freehand, orthogonal and three dimensional pictorial drawings of objects

research methods

conduct research using computer technologies and other resources

collaborative work practices

appreciate the value of team work

Engineering Reports and their significance in engineering practice

outline the use and basic structure of an Engineering Report

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